Kai Xu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Management

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Dr. Kai Xu is a Lutcher Brown Fellow and associate professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She joined the UTSA faculty in 2015 after her graduation from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Xu has teaching and research interests in strategic management. Her research interests broadly focus on two areas: international strategy and corporate governance. She is interested in and has been working on such topics as the application of institutional theory in international context; family firm international strategies; and corporate governance issues in emerging economies.

Her work has been published in the Journal of Operations ManagementJournal of World Business and Long Range Planning, among others.

Research Interests

  • International strategy
  • Corporate governance
  • Family business


  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University
  • M.A. Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • B.A. Xi'an Jiaotong University


  • “A Current View of Resource Based Theory in Operations Management: A Response to Bromiley and Rau,” with M.A. Hitt, and C.M. Carnes, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2016, pp. 107-109.
  • “International Strategy: From Local to Global and Beyond,” with M.A. Hitt and D. Li, Journal of World Business, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2016, pp. 58-73.
  • “Resource Based Theory in Operations Management Research,” with M.A. Hitt and C.M. Carnes, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2016, pp. 77-94.
  • “The Transformation of China: Effects of the Institutional Environment on Business Actions,” with M.A. Hitt, Long Range Planning, 2014, forthcoming.
  • “Giving Fish or Teaching to Fish? An Empirical Study of the Effects of Government R&D Policies,” with K. Huang, R&D Management, Vol. 44, 2014, pp. 484-497.